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Sandblasting Slate
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So as some of you may know, I have a fireplace in my diningroom made of slate. As in most old houses, it had been painted over the years to "modernize" the look of the home. I want it to go back to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Will H Feb 1, 2015.

I Found This Innovative!

I think this is a great way to "save" old commercial buildings that are in jeapordy of being razed. I especially liked how they retained some of the old things from the building as well.…Continue

Started Aug 30, 2014

Insulation Question, Helpful Suggstions or Hints?
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Demo work has finally begun! Any suggestions for insulation? I was thinking R-19 as I live in Pittsburgh PA and the winters can often be wet and brutal.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Hendrickson Oct 4, 2014.

Nice Article About Merillat Kitchen Cabinets!
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I thought this was a nice article with some great pics in the gallery, especially those funky 60's kitchens and groovy 70's kitchens.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Randall Marder Jan 5, 2017.

 

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Matt replied to Will H's discussion Nice Article About Merillat Kitchen Cabinets!
"Better kitchens than mine :P"
Jul 13, 2016
Will H replied to KPetersen's discussion Help! Need exterior paint ideas for my little historic home!
"Thanks! :-)"
May 8, 2016
Will H replied to KPetersen's discussion Help! Need exterior paint ideas for my little historic home!
"Those colors sound amazing! Yellow is always a good base too. It brightens up the home and (I feel) the home's surroundings. I love the idea of the Navy accents. We painted our spindles white, and they're due for a repaint this year.…"
May 8, 2016
Will H replied to KPetersen's discussion Help! Need exterior paint ideas for my little historic home!
"I like it, but can understand making it your own or just wanting a change. Fortunately you have a black roof which goes with everything. I personally prefer darker colors, so I use the darkest shade as a base and accent with either the lighter or…"
May 7, 2016
Robert T. Hale replied to Will H's discussion Nice Article About Merillat Kitchen Cabinets!
"True. It is a Nice Article. Thank you for sharing the link."
Mar 17, 2016
Will H replied to Rosie Campos's discussion Turning a new page-- our 1904 colonial...
"James, the nice thing about this area is there's a genuine puch for restoration rather then razing and reconstruction. Places like this have many reusable things from old homes that have sadly been remodeled or worse, razed. At least parts of…"
May 23, 2015
Will H replied to Rosie Campos's discussion Turning a new page-- our 1904 colonial...
"I just noticed where you are from! I live on the other side of Pittsburgh! check out a place in the Point Breeze section of Pittsburgh called "Construction Junction". It has SOOO many reusable, unique things for your house. It's my…"
May 16, 2015
Will H replied to Rosie Campos's discussion Turning a new page-- our 1904 colonial...
"Nice house and welcome to the forum!"
May 16, 2015
Will H replied to Bonnie Pierce West's discussion Is this doorbell original to house?
"I'm thinking perhaps the late 60's into the 70's. There was a bit of a surge in gothic/medieval decor. Many rec rooms were done with similar light fixtures and even furniture. Ever walk into a house with the fake red velvet "coat…"
May 2, 2015
Jason Clark replied to Will H's discussion Nice Article About Merillat Kitchen Cabinets!
"Wow thats really nice. I love stylish kitchen cabinets."
Apr 28, 2015
Will H replied to Will H's discussion Sandblasting Slate
"Thanks for the advice Lair, I love how your fireplace turned out so I think that may be a great idea! Now to decide the colors to marble it with...."
Feb 1, 2015
Lair Tienter replied to Will H's discussion Sandblasting Slate
"It looks more interesting just stripped.  Funny how plain it looks without the details highlighted.  I think you should try marbleizing it.  It is easy to do the simple types of marble and a lot of fun.  I've marbleized a…"
Feb 1, 2015
Will H replied to Will H's discussion Sandblasting Slate
Jan 31, 2015
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Jan 31, 2015
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Jan 31, 2015
Will H replied to Will H's discussion Sandblasting Slate
"Here ya go! Gray is prior to stripping."
Jan 31, 2015

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Tell us about yourself:
I work for WPAHS in Cardiac Medicine. We bought our current house in April 2011 and we've very excited about it. Basically, it needs gutted but it's such an interesting house I really don't mind the work. It has a 3 car detached garage (my highlight of the house!) and is a 4 br with a kitchen, butler's pantry, dinningroom, livingroom, sunroom and parlor.
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
We sold our house in a neighborhood called Churchill just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. It was built in 1946 and needed very minimal work. We decided to move back to my hometown of Freeport, PA (30 mins NE of Pittsburgh) and bought a house that belonged to some old family friends and was built in 1900. In the process of a paint job (still!) but needing to get some interior ideas from circa: 1900!. It has radiator heat which works VERY well, and alot was done to the house prior to purchase (new roof, windows, furnace, hot water tank, chimney's torn down) so even though I like to keep thing original as possible, I'm not going to get rid of the newer things, at least until I have nothing better to spend money on.

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At 4:34pm on April 5, 2012, Alisa said…

Thanks! We actually have an offer on a house right now. If it all goes well, I will post pictures right away!

At 12:34am on April 6, 2012, Will H said…

That's great!! Congrats!!!!

At 9:52am on May 18, 2012, Megan Button said…

We are very lucky to have my father and my husband who are contractors to move us through this process quickly. There is quite a bit left to go, but your right... when we look back at how far we have come it totally revitalizes us. The outside of the house is what feels the most challenging to me... it is so easy to change a color inside if it isn't right, but not possible with the expense of doing the outside. Interesting to hear about your thoughts on green, we are leaning toward the grey/blue but just haven't decided yet. I love how the outside of your house turned out, so if you have any suggestions for ours, I'd be interested to hear. My husband and I are the same way when we see homes that are run-down, we just drool over the detail and love to talk about what we would do to "rescue" them.

 

I would love to see some pictures of the inside of your house... we had a butler's pantry as well and the idea of it was so cool; except the kitchen was so tiny with so many doorways/low windows we just had to open the space up {very guiltily I might add}. It was one of the few changes we made {the others being the bathroom and laundry situations}.

 

To me the inside projects were great, so have fun!  I don't think we live too far away, so let me know if you are in the market for any other vintage touches for the house. We just found 2 clawfoot tubs and have some fairly good resources for lighting, doors, furniture, hardware and all that good stuff.... in fact my dad restores furniture and has quite a collection of door-knobs, draw pulls, etc.

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